05 July 2015

Sharing.... A Little Bit of This and That

Hi Everyone

I'm back to share what I've been up to yesterday.  Life is just so busy right now and on top of it all, I've had bronchitis.  Am still on antibiotics, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It's been no joke. The racking cough has been the worst for me as my head feels like splitting from the headache one gets after a while.

I'm very active on IG and Pinterest, so you can follow me there if you like to see what I get up to on a daily basis.  My Pinterest followers will note that I've been pinning aLOT of pics on my Album.Diary.Planners.Journal Board.  I am obsessed with them and still have to find time to go look at all the pics I've pinned.  I've just checked my email on my iPhone and I have 72 messages come through from people that have been re-pinning my pins!  Shew!  I'd better head over there after this post has been done...lol! 

Chatting to my lovely friend Carina the other day, I was further inspired by the beautiful album she had made for her family photographs.  Oh my goodness, as she turned each page, I gasped with admiration at all the different things I was seeing.  A friend of hers, shortly before she passed away with cancer, had spent an afternoon or a day with her, teaching her this technique. What a wonderful gift in parting she has left with Carina.  

Carina, jou album wat jy my die ander aand gewys het, was absoluut pragtig hoor! Ek dink nog steeds daaraan en wens ons kon sommer lekker kuier, sodat jy my ook kan leer hoe om dit te doen.  Nou ja, soos jy kan sien, op Pinterest PIN ek maar Albums, dat dit bars...hahaha!!!

I've been indoors the whole day, due to the bronchitis, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making a mini album.  Please do not judge me too harshly, I basically used scraps of paper and embellishments that was collecting dust in my drawer, but at least I managed to put something together.   I just wanted to see for myself if this is something I'd enjoy doing.... answer: HELL YES!!!!  It was great fun.  OK.... here goes...

Making the cover for my little Album

The front cover has a frame adhered to it. I left the top open so that one can slide a photograph in place.
I made a little buckle to keep the album closed.

Here I've opened the little buckle, just made with paper and a brad.

Here's the inside. On the right I've used one of those CD envelopes and
made a card for one to write a note on both sides. Punched a hole, added ribbon so that one can
pull it out easily.

On the left I made a little pocket and a tag, which I've inserted in the pocket.
On the right I made a little flap so that one can lift it to read the message inside.

Here the flap has been lifted and as one can see, there is plenty space to write.
Throughout the Album I've used washy tape, punched flowers, pearls and ribbon to decorate.

Another space for one to add photographs.

And another envelope with a card inside.

This is the flip side of the previous pic.  More space for a photo on top right
and space to journal at the bottom.

More space for photo's and journalling or just the photo's.

Ready to close my first little mini Album.

That's one cute little Album, but I think I'd prefer a spiral bound one!

I had SUCH fun making this, that the time just flew by! Catherine, if you pop around to pay me a visit, please let me know how you enjoy your Zutter Binding Machine.  I want to start making little spiral bound Albums and am contemplating purchasing one.  Thanks honey!

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When I was ill in bed earlier this week, the 2 of them wouldn't leave my bedroom.
They are so intuitive these fur babies, they can sense when their Momma's not well!
Nikita's nose was just about touching mine and Achilles was lying catching a snooze next to me.
Another Project Life moment that had to be captured.
LOVE them so much !

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We met via our blogs about 6 years ago and have chatted via email and telephone and have Skyped on a regular basis over the years.  It was therefore a HUGE pleasure meeting my craft buddy Paola in person last week when she was in Cape Town.  She is a beautiful woman... WOW... and a lovely person. It was nice just being able to give her a HUG, after all this time of knowing her.

As Project Life is taking up most of my time right now, I thought I'd just share 2 layouts I made of
her visit.  She spent last Sunday morning with us at my home.  I even took a sneaky pic of her in my craftroom.  Seems unreal that she was actually HERE, in my house! lol

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I won a FB competition and here I am enjoying the prize. A complete nail makeover.... my first time having Gel Nails. I LOVE THEM!!!  Naturally this visit has been Project Life'd as well.

This is the beauty of PROJECT LIFE.  You get to take pics of normal, every day activities in your life, be they exciting or boring.  This is MY life and I am documenting every minute of it.  It will be nice to remember these times when I'm old and gray one day...lol!!

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And... I am still shopping.  You do not want to know what this little bundle of items cost me!
Yikes!!!!  But I just HAD to get them... (I am sure I heard them call my name when I walked into the store).

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And here I am trying Banting... I was making breakfast for the week.  If I have to look at another piece of Bacon and Egg, I think I'll turn into a Chicken...lol!

My late Dad used to tease me, as I only eat Chicken.  He used to say "Is jy nie skaam om 'n hoender in die gesig te kyk nie?"  Translated "Aren't you ashamed to look a chicken in the face?

I laugh when I think what he'd say now, after looking at all those Eggs! lol

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I've shared alot today, but I hope it's been interesting reading.
Thanks to those who still follow. I appreciate it. I will have to do some blog hopping myself too.

I haven't made a Card in ages!  There are just so many other things on my mind
right now, which are keeping me busy.  And I am loving it!

Whatever you're doing, I hope you're having as much fun as I am.
Keep watching this space, as I may have a few more interesting news to share with you.
I have so many ideas up my sleeve!

Please leave a comment if you've popped by.  I always enjoy reading them.
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Take care, warm wishes

12 May 2015

A Few Things...

Just thought I would share a few things with you, so that you know I am still around and very much working in the background.

I took the plunge and bought myself a little Cameo Silhouette Portrait from Scrap-a-Doodles. Their service is outstanding, as usual.  Thanks to Annemarie for all her advice and assistance.

So the machine arrived and I loaded the software onto my PC and got to play a little bit last Saturday. I need to spend a whole day with it, I think.  I managed to change the colours on this sentiment which I got from Silhouette Online.

I promised a craft friend a little gift, which was so long overdue, but with the week on leave I managed to get it done and posted.  It arrived and she is happy with the goodies I sent her.  I made one of my little notepads for her, as well as a pack of little notelets, so that she can use them to send to friends.

I have also been extremely busy catching up with documenting our family photographs, the Project Life way.   When I was on leave, I would start around 7 am and work through until 4 am the next morning.  Obviously taking a break in-between to do the normal household chores.

The photographs below are perfect on my phone, but once I add it to my blog, it goes all blurry, so apologies for that.

I'm a member of one of the Project Life groups on Facebook and the challenge shared was to start documenting our own lives.  It's called #myselfiescrapbook, (read all about it here).  It basically entails you documenting the Everyday things you do in your Life.  A lot of the time we scrap about our Children, Family, etc. but neglect to scrap about Ourselves. 

This has been such a challenge for me, but taking pics of what I do in a normal day and documenting about it, has proved to be very rewarding.  I have such a lot to share, but as I only have weekends to play in my Craft room, it is going a bit slow.   The pic below is about one of our monthly events at the Office (a Friday), where we ordered Pizza for lunch for the entire Office.  We usually braai and then sit and chat, but on this particular day we decided to order Pizza.

And then I then took pics of what I usually have for breakfast, which is either a small bowl of cereal or a slice of toast. I added some pics of the plants in my garden, just to fill up the page. 

I am putting together an Album for my Daughter and as you can imagine there is a lot of documenting that goes with it, so instead of writing it in my own hand, I decided to type them out and just placed them in the lovely plastic pockets.

A HUGE shout out to my lovely, sweet, kind friend in the US for sending me all the craft stash below.  We don't get a lot of these lovely items in SA, so I am very fortunate to have made friends with someone who lives in the US and she does my shopping for me.  Thanks so much honey! :) 

During the week's leave, I was also fortunate to meet my dear blog friend, Carina.  She and her daughter came to Cape Town for a short holiday and she asked if we could meet.  I was naturally delighted to do so and we chatted as if we'd just seen each other yesterday.  There was no awkwardness whatsoever.  Dankie Carina dat jy Kaap toe gekom het sodat ons mekaar kon ontmoet. Die tydie saam met jou was baie spesiaal vir my. xx  

I decided that the Craft Room need a bit of a lift, so I bought new chairs (yes, RED ones, aren't they funky?! haha) and a lovely bookshelf, which is completely open, so that the natural light from the window can still filter through.

And last, but not least, as a lot of you are always asking about Nikita and Achilles, I thought I would post a pic of Miss Nikita in the Silhouette box.  She loves empty boxes and once the Silhouette was out the box, she couldn't wait to climb in.

That's it from me for now.  Thanks in advance to those who stop by.  It would be nice if you could leave a comment, as I so enjoy reading them.  I am slowly but surely popping around to see what you've been up to.

Happy crafting!


25 April 2015

Questions from my Viewers

This message is for all the lovely people that visit my blog, who have questions concerning products I use, etc.  I cannot respond if your name is not linked to an email address and therefore have no way of reaching you. I do read all my posts and would not like to leave the impression that I have ignored you.

So please email me privately. If you click on the View My Profile line next to my pic it will take you to another screen. Find the Email link and post your question.  Jenny Fincham, I hope you see this message. Please email me.

Thank you so much for your visits. It pleases me that you have found some inspiration here. I am more than happy to share the little knowledge I have with you all.

Happy crafting!


11 April 2015

Card in a Box

Well did I have fun this afternoon.  DD asked me to make her a card for a friend who is expecting a Baby Girl.  They are having a baby shower for her at the office one of these days.

I didn't want to make a normal square card again, so I thought I would try out the "Card in a Box" which is so popular.  I haven't had the time to try it out, so thought I'd just do a little "dummy" one this afternoon.  As it turns out, the "dummy" wasn't so bad, so it'll be making it's way to the office...lol

I viewed a tutorial on the internet and started prepping...  Cut my paper to the required measurements that were given, scored and cut as instructed further. Tape on the right will stick to the other side of the cardstock when I close it, to form the box.

Then I looked around for some baby stickers and pasted them onto the black cardstock, 
as I think the black makes them "pop" !

As you can see, the box is closed and now I can start decorating the inside.

And here is the final project.  Pic taken from the front.

Here is a side view so that you can see the different layers.

Another side view.

And one from the Top.

And then finally, this is what it looks like when you lay it flat.
It fits perfectly into an envelope.

The "mother-to-be" loves Owls, hence the owl.

Thanks for popping by to see what I have created today.

As some of my regulars will know, I am a huge OUTLANDER Fan, so it was
just a matter of time before I did a project life layout of Outlander.  I still have much more to do.

I am also busy embellishing my project life cards...  So, as you can see, I am very busy.

Thanks so much for popping by. 
Happy Crafting!


29 March 2015

2 New Cards

Hi Everyone

I am back again with 2 new cards to share.  Two very plain birthday cards, which Kendall asked me to make for her.

The paper was so pretty, it didn't need anything else to stand out.
The butterflies are embossed and some are glittered.

I have had this paper for ages, so it was nice being able to use them.

And my little companion this afternoon has been my little toffee apple... Achilles.  Not that he was much help, as you can see he is snoring away.  What a wonderful life he has!

Hope you've managed to find some time to craft this weekend.  I'm off to print a few pics for my project life album.

If you're a Pinterest enthusiast, you can find me there as well.  I have a Beautiful Cards board, which I often refer to for inspiration.

Thanks ever so much to those who left a comment on my previous post. It was so nice of you to pop by.

Warm wishes, Sharon

15 March 2015

At long last, a few new Cards

Hi Everyone

I finally sat down today to make a few cards for an order and thought I would share them with you all.  What a mission it was!!  I was getting so frustrated with myself, as I haven't crafted so long, I forgot which plates to use to emboss using the Cuttlebug.  I eventually had to search Google for an answer,  Eventually things started to come back to me...lol

Well, here they are, nothing too fancy, but they really look so much prettier in real life.  I hope the person who ordered them will like them.

The garden has been keeping me away from my craftdesk and I am really enjoying it, especially as we come closer to the end of our Summer.   After the Easter weekend, we can start getting the warmer clothes ready, as it starts getting more chilly this side of the world.  

And for those who often ask how our little fur babies are doing.  As you can see for yourself, they are very well...lol

Our pretty Nikita

My beautiful boy, Achilles
(he's a Raisin rescue kitty)

Thanks to those who will be popping by to see what I have created.  If you'd like to leave a comment just to say Hi, that would be nice.

Would like to hear how many of you are still blogging regularly, as all the activity is on FB, Twitter and Instagram.  That's where you'll find me, when I have the time.

Happy crafting!

Warm wishes